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Waterloo cross country sets eyes on state

By on August 23, 2012 at 2:06 am

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

Last fall, the Waterloo High School boys cross country team qualified for their first state meet.

This year, Larry Huffman’s bunch will be looking to duplicate the accomplishment.

While the Bulldogs graduated Jerrett Marcuson and Jamen Helton, they are returning several runners including Josh Rodenberg. Rodenberg is fully-recovered from his hamstring issues that bothered him during most of this spring’s track and field season.

Waterloo is also returning two strong young sophomore runners in Cole Rodenberg and Lance Mueller.

The Rodenbergs and Mueller are expected to be three of the area’s elite runners this fall.

Waterloo has also added Dustin Schreiber, who ran last fall at Gibault.

“Dustin has ran a lot of miles over the summer, and will be an immediate impact,” Huffman  said.

After that, Waterloo is looking for a No. 5 runner to step up.

Will Zeisset has looked strong, as has Weston Liefer in the early going.

Huffman said his bunch is hoping to show last year’s appearance at state was not just a one time thing.

“They want to act like it’s their home,” he said.

“Last year, they were nervous at state. Hopefully, if they make state this year, they will be more calm.”

On the girls side, Hope Elliott is returning. She missed qualifying for state by only eight seconds last fall.

“I think she will be up there in a lot of the meets we go to,” Huffman said. “If she has a few more strong races and start to believe in herself, I think she has a good chance at going to state, too.”

Sophomore Courtney Elder is also returning this fall.

Senior Sam Garza is also back for her final year.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.